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Unit Overview


This unit examines the rise of globalisation in the twentieth century from a number of different perspectives: historical, economic, financial and political. The goal of the unit is to give students an appreciation of the factors that have led the global economy to where it is today, in order to gain a better understanding of the current issues that face the global economy.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Global Business major sequence
  • Level 2 option in the Business Economics; Economics; Philosophy, Politics and Economics major sequences
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) explain the issues surrounding globalisation with respect to international trade; (2) explain the issues surrounding globalisation with respect to the international flow of capital and labour (migration); (3) critically evaluate the causes and consequences of major global economic crises over the past century; and (4) critically assess the political and institutional issues surrounding globalisation, from both a domestic and international standpoint.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests; (2) major project; and (3) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Paul Crompton
Unit rules
ECON1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets
or ECOX1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets
or ECON1000 Economics for Business
or BUSN1103 Foundations of Global Business
Advisable prior study
ECON1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets
or ECON1000 Economics for Business
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.